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Women's 100 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008

Gold: USA Dawn Harper
Silver: AUS Sally McLellan-Pearson
Bronze: CAN Priscilla Lopes-Schliep


The last two World Championships had been won by Michelle Perry (USA), but she had struggled all year with an injured hamstring and did not get past the semi-finals at the US Trials. In her absence the favorite was another American, [Lolo Jones], who had had the best year in 2008. Jones won the first semi in 12.43, the fastest time of the year, confirming her favorite’s status. In the second semi, Sweden’s [Susanna Kallur], who was expected to challenge for a medal, hit the first hurdle hard, fell to the track, and was out. The final started as expected with Jones ahead early and late. By the eighth hurdle she was two metres clear of the field and the gold medal seemed assured. But then she rammed the ninth hurdle and stumbled, almost falling; she stayed upright and was able to finish but had lost all momentum and finished seventh. Off the last hurdle, American [Dawn Harper] and Australian [Sally McLellan] were about equal, but Harper had much more speed on the run-in and won by 1/10th of a second. Canadian [Priscilla Lopes-Schleip] closed quickly and only the photo finish could separate her from McLellan, who got the silver medal, with Lopes-Schleip earning bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dawn Harper 24 United States USA Gold
2 Sally McLellan-Pearson 21 Australia AUS Silver
3 Priscilla Lopes-Schliep 25 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Damu Cherry 30 United States USA
5 Delloreen Ennis-London 33 Jamaica JAM
6 Brigitte Foster-Hylton 33 Jamaica JAM
7 Lolo Jones 26 United States USA
8 Sarah Claxton 28 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Josephine Onyia 22 Spain ESP
5 h2 r2/3 Vonette Dixon 32 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r2/3 Aurelia Trywiańska-Kollasch 32 Poland POL
6 h2 r2/3 Reïna-Flor Okori 28 France FRA
7 h1 r2/3 Carolin Nytra 23 Germany GER
8 h1 r2/3 Nevin Yanıt 22 Turkey TUR
AC h2 r2/3 Susanna Kallur 27 Sweden SWE
AC h2 r2/3 Anay Tejeda 25 Cuba CUB
3 h5 r1/3 Anastasiya Pilipenko 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
4 h3 r1/3 Yuliya Kondakova 26 Russia RUS
4 h4 r1/3 Christina Vukicevic 21 Norway NOR
4 h5 r1/3 Aleesha Barber 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h1 r1/3 Micol Cattaneo 26 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/3 Aleksandra Antonova 28 Russia RUS
5 h3 r1/3 Angela Whyte 28 Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/3 Tatyana Dektyareva 27 Russia RUS
5 h5 r1/3 Yevheniya Snihur 24 Ukraine UKR
6 h1 r1/3 Lucie Škrobákova-Martincová 26 Czech Republic CZE
6 h2 r1/3 Derval O'Rourke 27 Ireland IRL
6 h3 r1/3 Yenima Arencibia 23 Cuba CUB
6 h4 r1/3 Nataliya Ivoninskaya 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 h5 r1/3 Nadine Faustin-Parker 32 Haiti HAI
7 h1 r1/3 Yekatarina Poplavskaya 21 Belarus BLR
7 h2 r1/3 Maíla Machado 27 Brazil BRA
7 h3 r1/3 Flora Rendoumi 31 Greece GRE
7 h4 r1/3 Toyin Augustus 28 Nigeria NGR
7 h5 r1/3 Dedeh Erawati 28 Indonesia INA
8 h1 r1/3 Miriam Bobková 29 Slovakia SVK
8 h2 r1/3 Fadwa Al-Bouza 18 Syria SYR
8 h3 r1/3 Edit Vári 33 Hungary HUN
8 h4 r1/3 Jeimy Bernárdez 21 Honduras HON
AC h5 r1/3 Fatmata Fofanah 23 Guinea GUI